Regulatory Reform Options for Implantable Devices

In 2011, some widely used implantable heart defibrillators, designed to correct potentially fatal irregular heart rhythms, developed cracked insulation on their high-voltage electrical wires. The result was that in some cases they caused severe shocks, and even deaths. Consumers with the defective implants had to decide whether to undergo dangerous surgery to replace the device or simply monitor it. Until the defective device is replaced, consumers run the risk that it will deliver an unnecessary high-voltage jolt of electricity—described as …

New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in It for Older Adults?

Since the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, Nutrition Facts labeling has been mandatory for most packaged foods. The majority of food items sold in grocery stores are processed and packaged. Nutrition Facts labels provide consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients in these food items, which can help them make healthier choices. Now more than ever, Americans, especially older adults, are using Nutrition Facts labels when they shop for food. In May, the FDA …

6 Foods a Top Food Poisoning Expert Won’t Eat

Think of every major outbreak of foodborne illness in the past 23 years and Seattle attorney Bill Marler was involved, representing victims who were hospitalized or, in several tragic cases, died from eating tainted food. He and his firm, Marler Clark, not only have won more than $600 million for their clients, but Marler has become a de facto expert in the complexities of our food safety system, from the science of tracking an outbreak to dealing with recalcitrant restaurant …

Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 to ER Yearly

Popular over-the-counter supplements, including multivitamins, energy boosters and diet pills, send 23,000 Americans to the emergency room yearly with chest pain, heart palpitations, choking and other problems, according to the first large study to look at the products’ adverse effects. The federally funded research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s based on data from 63 emergency rooms across the country, from 2004 to 2013. Unlike prescription medicines, the $32 billion supplement industry is largely unregulated; the …

¿Lista para la ‘pastillita rosada’? 10 cosas que debes saber

Tras años de investigación y controversia sale al mercado Addyi o la llamada “viagra femenina”. Es el primer medicamento, aprobado por La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de EE. UU. (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés), para tratar el trastorno del deseo sexual hipoactivo (TDSH) que padecen algunas mujeres antes de entrar en la menopausia. Ahora, ¿qué más debemos saber?: Fotos: 9 maneras de volverse a enamorar   Addyi solo puede ser recetada por especialistas certificados y comprada en farmacias certificadas. …

New ‘Female Viagra’ Pill: Will It Help Older Women?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medication designed to treat lack of sexual desire in premenopausal women, although some experts say it may be helpful for older women as well. The approval comes after a controversial lobbying campaign in June by the drug’s makers and other groups accusing the federal agency of gender bias in not approving a sexual dysfunction drug for women. The FDA denied the charge, saying erectile dysfunction drugs for men work far …